Thursday, September 26, 2013

Healthcare Premiums to Increase by 3.7 Percent

Healthcare Premiums to Increase by 3.7 Percent; Increases for APWU Plans Will Be Less

"... The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced on Sept. 24 that the average premium rate for the 8.2 million people covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase by 3.7 percent in 2014. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Postal customers are frustrated over cuts in service

Letter to an editor

USPS cutting its way to oblivion

"... sympathetic with the financial challenge our Postal Service is facing. But I'm afraid whatever it is doing to cut costs is affecting the quality of service it offers to its customers so greatly that I am losing my confidence in it. ..."   

Reference: www.dispatch.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Delayed mail continues: Will Postal Service further degrade mail service standards simply to make plant reductions work?

More workers report delays in mail operations

"... Mail delays are occurring daily at a local and national level, some local Postal Service employees said, and plans for employees at the mail-processing facility in Cape Girardeau remain uncertain. ..."   

Reference: www.semissourian.com

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Postal early retirement offers to be mailed out September 16-20 for area and district EAS VER eligible employees

Updates regarding NAPS/USPS dialogue regarding plant re-ranking

"... A VER will be offered to all field EAS employees. The VER offer includes all area and district EAS employees. VER-eligible employees will be mailed retirement applications and annuity estimates during the week of September 16-20. ..."   

Reference: www.naps.org

Monday, September 9, 2013

Postal Service: Please stop mailing your poisonous spiders

Postal Service doesn’t want your spiders

"...the U.S. Postal Service was alarmed when it got a flurry of the arachnid packages. It turns out that the UC Riverside researchers weren’t aware of postal code sections declaring that spiders — like flammable, perishable or liquid items — aren’t allowed. ..."   

Reference: www.utsandiego.com

Friday, September 6, 2013

Doctors and former Postal Service workers arrested/indicted for alleged workers comp scheme

Ten Current and Former U.S. Postal Service Employees and Two Doctors Arrested and Indicted in Workers’ Compensation Fraud Scheme

"... would evaluate and diagnose the claimants in an effort to justify a non-existent injury in order to deceive and persuade the OWCP to award the claimants with workers compensation benefits. The doctors would charge fees ranging up to $1,650 for the preparation of the fraudulent medical reports. ..."   

Reference: www.fbi.gov

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Postal Service: not experiencing delays; Union disagrees

Postal Service says facilities not experiencing delays

"... There has been some need to use additional employees for overtime work, Watkins said. The use of employee overtime is a necessity "by design," he said ..."   

Reference: www.semissourian.com